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Phenomenal Properties as Dummy Properties

Richard J. Hall
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 135, No. 2 (Sep., 2007), pp. 199-223
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40208747
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Abstract

Can the physicalist consistently hold that representational content is all there is to sensory experience and yet that two perceivers could have inverted phenomenal spectra? Yes, if he holds that the phenomenal properties the inverts experience are dummy properties, not instantiated in the physical objects being perceived nor in the perceivers' experiences. In fact, he should probably hold that phenomenal properties don't exist at all. All there are, as far as phenomenal properties go, are phenomenal property experiences.

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